Employment and training

Our contracts provide employment and training for over 42,000 people. We take this much further by creating education and skills opportunities in the wider community.

In the UK, almost 1 million people had been out of work for more than a year by the end of 2012 (the highest figure since 1995). Here, the need has never been greater to provide prospects for those marginalised from the mainstream jobs market.

Through our network of 13 construction training centres, Carillion is the UK’s largest private construction training provider. Much of our skills development work is focused on our sector-leading apprenticeship programme, but we also offer training placements and employment to traditionally hard-to-reach groups, including the long-term unemployed, homeless and ex-offenders.

The long-term challenges of unemployment and education are global phenomena, exacerbated during recent recession years. In all areas of our operations, youth unemployment is a growing trend. This is why each business has its own recruitment and community strategy.

See also Recruiting and retaining excellent people.

Recruiting from marginalised groups in the UK

Jobcentre Plus partnership

We are proud to have partnered with the UK Government agency Jobcentre Plus since 2007. The agency is now our largest provider of employees, and in 2012 we hired 492 people through the partnership. The principles of Jobcentre Plus are to promote work as the best form of welfare, and to provide work for those who can work, while providing training and support for those who cannot.

We have our own dedicated account manager at Jobcentre Plus, and we work together to ensure we are recruiting from a diverse pool including under-represented groups.

Business Action on Homelessness partnership

We are proud to have partnered with UK charity Business in the Community’s Business Action on Homelessness (BAOH) programme for the past seven years. BAOH helps the homeless and those at risk of homelessness to gain and sustain employment by providing training and employment through its Ready for Work programme.

We offer two-week placements across our UK businesses and supply chain followed by a six-month period of job coaching by our employees. The placement helps participants on their journey to full employment by breaking the cycle of no job, no home.

In 2012, we increased our focus on getting people into employment. Through our 188 placements (against a target of 145 and our highest number to date), 77 clients subsequently gained employment, 25 of them directly with Carillion, eight with our supply chain and the remainder with other employers.

Thanks to our collaboration with partners and our people, Carillion is now the largest-scale corporate delivery partner of the Ready for Work programme, offering more work placements than any of the other 140 corporate supporters in the UK.


Library of Birmingham

Work placements for prisoners in Birmingham

As part of our commitment to helping hard-to-reach groups back into employment, the Carillion team at the Library of Birmingham, UK, contract contacted HMP Hewell to see how we could support their prisoners with work placements as sentences come to an end.

After coming to an interview on site, our candidate secured a two-week placement with Carillion at the library. His work ranged from site logistics and waste management to assisting fitters with the shelving. He was paired with a ‘buddy’ whom he could ask for support at any time.

At the end of the placement he was offered paid work, allowing him to leave HMP Hewell with a job.


Three people

A milestone year for our homelessness initiatives

In 2012, Carillion’s 200th Ready for Work graduate found full-time employment – a key milestone in our ground-breaking partnership with Business in the Community’s Business Action on Homelessness programme in the UK.

In a double milestone Carillion also placed its 500th candidate in a work placement through Ready for Work.

“It’s changed my whole life. I look forward to the weekends now. I sleep better. Everything’s changed.”Client, Business Action on Homelessness

Committed to...

...supporting marginalised groups to develop skills to enter employment

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work placements offered to unemployed people through the Business Action on Homelessness programme, UK

“Carillion’s commitment to supporting some of the hardest-to-reach groups, including scores of ex-offenders who may well otherwise not have a route into employment, is astounding.”Anne Willmot, Director, Business Action on Homelessness

Anne Willmot
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